Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 10, 2011

CNET: 31 great Android apps to get you started – For tech lovers, few things are better than a shiny, new gadget. If yours happens to be an Android device, we’ve got just the thing for you: apps, apps, and more apps.

Get a Free Book of Windows 7 Shortcuts – Ready to turn your keyboard into a power tool? This e-book offers a whopping 200 shortcuts for operating every aspect of Windows 7. This 43-page guide covers not only the OS, but also apps like Calculator, WordPad, Windows Media Player, and Internet Explorer. It’s arguably the most comprehensive keyboard-shortcut guide I’ve ever seen.

Help by Leo – The free app provides interactive help for a handful of applications, including Microsoft Office 2007, Facebook, Firefox, and iTunes. It doesn’t just send you to a text-heavy page and require that you dig through paragraphs to find out how to accomplish your task; instead, Leo shows you how it’s done. This software comes in 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

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Facebook closing on March 15th hoax spreads like wildfire – More than one million Facebook users are believed to have fallen for a hoax claiming that the popular website will close its doors on March 15th. Share your email address publicly without the risk of giving it to spammers – Simply put, is a URL shortener… for e-mail addresses. Users associate a URL and when someone visits that URL, they must pass a CAPATCHA test after which the e-mail address associated with the URL is shown. (submitted by Dar)

Spam Clock illustrates the problem of link relevancy for Google, Bing, and other search engines – If you’ve wondered about the recent slow droop in search result relevancy, take a look at Spam Clock; watch the counter tick up, be amazed, or be appalled. Believe it or not, over 220 million spam Web pages have been created since January 1. That’s one million spam pages per hour, or about 270 new spam websites every second.

One-Third of All Malware Appeared in 2010 – More than a third of all malware that has ever existed was created by criminal gangs in 2010 alone according to the latest PandaLabs Annual Report. To be precise, the company found that 34 percent of all existing malware has been concocted by cybercriminals in the last year, banishing forever the image of the disgruntled geek creating viruses in his bedsit.

Create your own Classic Start Menu in Windows 7 – Greg Shultz shows you how to create your own Classic Start Menu in Microsoft Windows 7, right alongside of the operating system’s new Start Menu.

Company News:


Android Edges iPhone in U.S. Smartphone Market: ComScore – Smartphones bearing Google’s Android operating system surpassed Apple iOS in the U.S., grabbing 26 percent to Apple’s 25 percent share through the three-months ending in November 2010.

Protect USB devices against malicious content – Trend Micro announced the latest version of its USB Security product, designed to protect USB storage devices against malicious content in files that are often transferred by portable storage devices.

Droid Bionic, Atrix 4G, Hot New Tablets Take CES by Storm – Motorola put all its chips on the Android table at CES and unveiled the Xoom dual-core tablet as well as two high-end smartphones: the Atrix 4G on AT&T and the Droid Bionic for Verizon Wireless. The devices were tethered on the show floor, so it was hard to judge their weight and feel, but the processing speed was definitely impressive.

Google Books: A Library on Your Android Phone – With this app you can purchase and read new e-books or browse a multitude of free, expired-copyright classics.

Off Topic (Sort of):


YOU’VE BEEN VERBED – Mothers and fathers used to bring up children: now they parent. Critics used to review plays: now they critique them. Athletes podium, executives flipchart, and almost everybody Googles. Watch out—you’ve been verbed. (submitted by Dar)

Spam moving to social networks and mobile – Following the recent news on global spam levels falling, Jamie Tomasello, Abuse Operations Manager at Cloudmark, outlines his thoughts on why spammers are moving from email to social networks and mobile channels.

iPad 2 on the Way, Digg Founder Spills – Digg founder Kevin Rose blogs advice to hold off buying an iPad in anticipation of an update within a month.

Five megatrends that will affect you in 2011 – Executive leadership coach John M McKee discusses five megatrends he thinks will impact most of us

Today’s Quote:


The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.”

~    Helen Keller

Today’s Free Downloads:


Giveaway of the Day – WinUtilities Pro 9.95 – WinUtilities Pro 9.67 January 10, 2011WinUtilities is an award winning collection of tools to optimize and speedup your system performance. This suite contains utilities to clean registry, temporary files on your disks, erase your application and internet browser history, cache and cookies.

HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool – A flash drive is terrific for use as an emergency boot device. Use this tool to format the drive. (Careful–everything on the flash drive will be deleted.) Then copy three system boot files from the root of your hard drive (usually c:\)–boot.ini, ntldr, and ntdetect–to the flash drive. Then set your BIOS to allow booting from the flash drive.

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3 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 10, 2011

  1. Pingback: Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 10, 2011 | Bill Mullins …

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    Great wordplay for writers Bill!